Discovery Center offers family fun days

Discovery Center Museum will host eight Family Fun Day events between January and May.

Designed as educational and entertaining programs for families, Family Fun Days focus on a specific subject matter and explore that subject through various means, including activities, demonstrations, make-and-take projects, performances and the like.

Event schedule is as follows:

Sizzling Sunday—1-4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 21—Find your way through the Bermuda Triangle and get carried away to the Caribbean. Take in the geography, music, flora, fauna and culture of these paradise islands. Play authentic games, sample local cuisine and sail your own ship. Enjoy the sounds of the Barbour Language Academy Steel Drum Band at 1:30 and 3 p.m. For extra fun, go in costume or wear your loudest tropical print. Included with Discovery Center admission.

Chocolate Sundae Sunday—2-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 11—Snack on a sundae you design yourself—with all the fixings. Create heart-y art and Valentine crafts. Delight in the toe-tapping tunes of the Dixieland Docs and enjoy performances by Rockford Dance Company’s “DanceReach” ensemble. Cost is $2.50 for the public, $1.50 for members.

Dino Days—11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, and 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19—Even the youngest paleontologists will “dig” these live science demos and hands-on arts and crafts! Discovery Center celebrates Burpee Museum’s PaleoFest weekend while you create dinosaur hats and paleo-puppets; test your Mesozoic memory, and more! Included with Discovery Center admission.

Discover Engineering—10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24—Calling all scouts and kids who like to tinker. Discovery Center is in on the action for National Engineers’ Week. Join real engineers for hands-on challenges and lots of career information. Take in a special presentation, then stick around for more engineering adventures. Presentations at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Included with Discovery Center admission.

Jim Gill Concert of Play—2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, March 31-April 1—Kids, parents and friends will be singing, dancing and even sneezing during these silly energetic songs. Cost is $4 for the public (museum admission not included), $2 for members.

Family Egg Hunt—11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 7—Take your own basket, go early, and join Discovery Center and Burpee Museum for this egg-stravaganza. Kids 9 and younger can hunt for eggs at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Kids of all ages can get their hands on some springtime crafts and enjoy both museums. Egg-cellent activities from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $5 per person; members from either museum are free.

Swashbuckling Science—6:30-9 p.m., Friday, April 20—Avast, ye mateys! Set sail for Discovery Center Museum and steel yourself for some high-seas hijinks! Take a long walk off a short plank, float a

boat, and learn to talk like a scurvy bilge rat! Plus, find the pieces of a treasure map and follow it to some pirate plunder. Go dressed like a pirate for even more fun. Cost is $5 for the public, $3 for members.

E-I-E-I-O—1-4 p.m., Sunday, May 20—With a quack, quack here and a baah, baah there, Discovery Center’s Outdoor Science Park is transformed into Old MacDonald’s Farm. Meet this menagerie as you play with and pet cuddly, live barnyard babies, enjoy a snack and make a critter craft. Included with Discovery Center admission.

Discovery Center Museum is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. General admission is $5 adults, $4 children (ages 2 to 17) and free to children younger than 2 and Museum members. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; and noon-5 p.m., Sunday. Info: 963-6769 or

From the Jan. 17-23, 2007, issue

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